A plastic shield held in the mouth by an athlete to protect the teeth and gums.
- A bout begins when the referee shouts ‘shi-jak’, with the competitors wearing body, head, and shin protectors, mouthguards, and a groin guard.
- Family physicians should advocate the use of appropriate mouthguards and face shields in organized sports.
- The UI dentistry professor adds that children who participate in organized sports can lessen the likelihood of injuring their teeth by wearing a mouthguard.
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